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On the Menu for "The Kipper and The Corpse" – Episode Four, Season 2

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.
Geoffrey Palmer guests in this episode, which was first broadcast on March 12, 1979.  One thing lies in the way of his simple quest for a plate of sausages.

Sausages - recipe here

Eggs, Bacon Sausage, Tomatos & Kippers (Full English Breakfast) - recipe here

Ham Sandwich - recipe here

On the Menu for "Waldorf Salad" – Third Episode, Second Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

This show first aired on March 5, 1979, and it’s about one key difference between American and Brits, the ability to complain.  About all the food?

Prawns - recipe here
Lamb Casserole - recipe here
Cold Meat Salad - recipe here
Waldorf Salad - recipe here
Green Salad - recipe here
Filet Mignon - recipe here
Pate - recipe here
Grapefruit - you really don’t need a recipe now, do you?!
Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Tomato (Full English Breakfast) - recipe here

On the Menu for "The Psychiatrist" – Episode Two, Season Two

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

John Cleese explains in “Fawlty Towers – Fully Booked” that this episode is about Basil’s dislike of any kind of sexual bevahior. So the only thing left to to is have bananas, beef and donuts, right? The show was first broadcast on Feb. 26, 1979.

Bananas - recipe here

Beef recipe here

Donuts - recipe here

On the Menu for "Communication Problems" – Episode One, Season Two

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

Saving money was the main theme of this episode, which was broadcast on Feburary 19, 1979, almost four years after the “The Germans” was first aired. Perhaps in keeping with the theme, no food was mentioned ins this show.

On the Menu for "The Germans" – Sixth Episode, First Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.


Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as
well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

One of the most memorable episodes, “The Germans” was first broadcast on Oct. 24, 1975. And repeat after me, “Don’t mention the …..!”

Veal Chop with Rosemary - recipe here

Egg Mayonnaise - recipe here

Prawn Cocktail - recipe here

Pickled Herring - recipe here

Cold Meat Salad - recipe here

13th Episode Of Fawlty Towers? Basil and Numerology? Interview with Lars Holger Holm – Author of "Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper's Companion"

December 4, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

It’s hard to put down Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion. It’s such an engrossing compendium of Things Fawlty That You’ve Always
Wondered About and Those You’ve Never Thought Of. And of course, there is the script for the never-broadcast 13th episode that author Lars
Holger Holm states that he viewed in 1999. (See related story below about book and more must-have collectibles for Fawlty Towers fans.)

When I was reading the book, questions kept popping into my head, Questions primarily about Holm’s inspiration for investing the time to research and write such an insightful and thought-provoking book — with chapters on the Fawtly Towers’ connection to the occult, historical references and analysis of all of Basil’s neuroses — about a British sitcom with only 12 episodes that first aired some 30 years ago only on BBC 2?

I mean consider his curriculum vitae:
Lars
Holger Holm was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Enchanted by the universal
language of music, he began playing the violin at the age of seven.
Early in his career he formed the Swedenborg String Quartet, which
extensively toured Europe and the United States. A fervent student of
world literature and philosophy, Lars has also produced a body of
critical essays published in various newspapers and magazines. The
writer served as a music critic to Stockholm’s major newspapers Svenska
Dagbladet and Expressen. For several years he was a well known and
popular host of classical music on Stockholm’s Classic FM.

A list of his published works and translations from French, German and English includes:

Published Works
Come Snow. Psychic thriller, Leo Publishing 2005
Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion, Leo Publishing, 2004
Dionysos – A Sinuous Essay to Divine the Universe, Leo Publishing 2002
Gothic Transformations, Leo Publishing, 2002
The Dream of Ultima Thule – And other Germanic Utopias, Leo Publishing 2002
The Antechamber of Hell, Leo Publishing, 2001
A Writer’s Guide, Ordfront, 2000
Sunset over Babel, Leo Publishing, 1999

Translations
C. Baudelaire: Le peintre de la vie moderne. “Det moderna livets målare”. Leo Publishing 2005
F. Nietzsche: Jenseits von Gut und Böse. “Bortom gott och ont”, Symposion, 2003
J. Lantz: La chute de Sophie. “Sophies fall”, Leo Publishing , 2001
C. Baudelaire: Le spleen de Paris. “Den ensamme flanören”. Extensive introduction by the translator. Leo Publishing , 2000
R. Noll: The Jung Cult. “Jungkulten”, Ordfront, 1997

Now, aren’t you curious, too?  Well then, read on. I think you will find his answers equally enlightening and entertaining.

Q:
You have a diverse and esteemed career in music, literature and as an
author. Most of your work has been in the classical vein. So why the
detour to deconstruct and embellish a pop culture icon such as Fawlty
Towers?

Stuffed as my ears and brain had been with Brahms – bloody “Brahms’ third
racket!”
-, realising that I had finally become an insignificant relic of a
bygone era, I one day decided to leave my ivory tower to seek the
cultural interface where my enthusiastic temper could still possibly
make contact with a modern world of which I was still largely ignorant.
However, I soon realised that the only thing in this world which had
ever met with massive popularity without hurting my delicate sense of
decorum, paradoxically was another moss-overgrown relic from the past.
It suited me perfectly that he was not even a real person. But one
thing I could never understand was why they laughed at him. “What are
you laughing at?” I kept asking imaginary spectators, “The man is
right. In addition, he has the audacity to express his convictions in
less than uncertain terms. I like him, and for your benefit I’ll make
him the hero of my next book.”

Q:
You note that you believe that on one level, writing Fawlty Towers was
great divorce therapy for John Cleese and Connie Booth. And it seems as
if writing  Fawlty Towers — A Worshipper’s Companion, was a
similar exercise for you. Were you a Fawlty Towers fan before your
divorce? Or did you come across it during or afterward and become taken
with its description of “the horrors of being married”?

A:
I did not see Fawlty Towers when it first came out, since in those days
I was far too busy running after my own Dulcinea of Toboso to have the
patience to sit down and watch TV. It must have been sometime in the
latter half of the 1980s that I first came across this inimitable
master piece. And yes, absolutely. It was not until I had gone through
the purgatory of marriage and subsequent divorce that I fully realised
what a prophet, what a cry in the wilderness, this living,
larger-than-life statue of John Cleese himself actually is. He was my
comfort in the Valley of Death, he anointed my wounds with the balm of
perennial humour, he gave me the strength to believe in my destiny -
again …  Oh great Basil, patron saint of all married men, to you
I owe my new life; it is for this very reason that my book is no
secular guide to a monument in ruins, but a “worshipper’s companion” to
a living truth!

Q: Several times in Fawlty Towers Revisited,
cast members discuss how one can find a way to feel for Basil even
though he’s such an awful, despicable character. Why is that?

A:
As I said. I have never understood the poor sods who find Basil
unsympathetic. I even find it disgraceful that his own creators indulge
in such unworthy considerations – it is almost like hearing Saint-Peter
deny his master. To me Basil is a genius, and like all true geniuses
endowed with an extraordinary capacity for exaggeration. This capacity
is not the simple result of meanness coupled with ignorance, but the
natural corollary of an exceptional imagination. The problem – and this
is the tragedy of Fawlty Towers – is that Basil is stuck in a domestic
situation far below his station. To have him running around as a
servant in a small hotel on the notoriously rain-ridden English Riviera
is like dumping Leonardo da Vinci in a noisy Kindergarten – with no
hope of ever getting out of there. No doubt, he too would have begun to
see terrifying giants and bewitched knights where others only see -
children.

Q: How did you develop the condensed biographies of Fawlty Towers’ inhabitants?

A:
I invented them. By extrapolating from what is known and can be known
about the regulars of the hotel, I created their biographies in the
image of what could have been. It is a little bit like Leibnitz’
conception of God. He didn’t create the best of worlds, but only the
best of possible worlds.

Q: What inspired you to research and investigate the occult of Fawlty Towers?

A: This
is the metaphysical dimension of their work. Already as members of the
Monty Python, John Cleese and Connie Booth took a special interest in
the arcane aspect of history. One only needs to recall that one of the
films they participated in bears the title Monty Python and the holy
Grail, the Grail being a perfectly illusive object, perhaps just an
“objectified” spiritual essence.

In the film Life of Brian, after which the members of the group took
farewell of one another and henceforth went separate ways, the Gnostic
themes are so prevalent that any spectator with some knowledge of the
alternative doctrines and interpretations of God’s kingdom that were
propagated in the early Christian era, simply can not disregard the
fact that the script writers, including Gnostic director Terry Gilliam,
constantly make references to secret doctrines and hidden messages. As
an example we have the ascension of Terry Jones as the mother of Brian
emerging out of an unfolding lotus-flower in the animated opening
scene. Another typical thing about Gnostics is that they habitually
make fun of dogma and, quite especially, all monotonotheism.

The occult reality is always there for those who have eyes to see and
ears to hear. The only thing I have done is to point out where the
heavenly and mundane worlds interact in Fawlty Towers. The old Jewish
arcane science par excellence is numerology, translating numerical
combinations into spiritual messages. In medieval Europe alchemy and
astrology were prominent sciences engaging even perfectly incorruptible
scientists such as Copernicus and Newton.

It is my belief that the alchemical quest for the Philosopher’s Stone,
implied in the series, has met with success in my work, since I have
unearthed for the reader the Holy Grail, that is, the illusive 13th
episode, symbol of Master J.C. himself. Seek, and thou shalt find!

Q: How long did it take you to research and write Fawlty Towers – The Worshipper’s Companion?

A: As
soon as the decision had been made to give Basil satisfaction in this
sublunary world, I applied myself to the task with the same dedication
as chroniclers of historically important people do when confronted with
an unusually talented individual. Only in this case I had the
additional advantage of operating in a hermetically sealed universe -
or so I believed.

With twelve unalterable episodes, each one a disciple of the Master,
and a few apocryphal commentaries collected from the net and various
publications, I realised that all I needed to do was to study every
scene of the shows with the same attention as a chess master
scrutinises every new position on the chess-board. I then applied my
analyses and commentaries to every new significant position, and it
turned out that practically every move in these games are worth
commenting upon. Besides, I only consider my modest contribution to the
Towers as a pioneering work to be continued, expanded and completed by
other researchers in the field.

As for
the practical side of this task, I took my time (at least a year or so)
to collect the material and make notes of everything I could come to
think of in relation to the theme. Most of the actual writing of the
book was then made during the summer of 2003, when I isolated myself in
a little cottage in Provence, sat down in the shade of oaks and instead
of observing nature in her loveliness and beauty, observed the rules of
an hermetic game taking place inside a box with a screen. It should be
added that I did not at that time have access to the actual episodes,
let alone to a TV. Most of the material was written from memory and
only later checked against the script and the shows themselves. The
script of the book was edited for publication in the fall of that same
year and released in March 2004.

Q:
Is the 13th episode, “The Robbers”, for real? If so, why do you think
it was never broadcast, even in later years as a TV special?

A: I
have absolutely no idea why the 13th episode, called The Robbers, has
never been aired. I only know that I saw it once in Bill Morton’s flat
not far from Piccadilly Circus on a particularly wet evening. Hadn’t it
been for this, I might myself have doubted the otherwise striking
authenticity of the script, reproduced in the book.

As things stand, I can only assure the reader that the show, as far as
I remember, was amazing. Rarely have I seen John Cleese and his crew
reach such continuous heights of sublime entertainment, and the only
reason I can see for not wanting this episode to reach the fans, is
that it would perhaps create the false impression that there was so
much more to wring out of the material, whereas, in fact, the 13th
episode represents the ultimate solution to the problem of how to carry
this tormented universe to a happy end.

As concerns the reason for never admitting its existence, let alone
airing it, I must refer the reader to the BBC. They should know why.
And poor Bill. The last time I tried to call him he had a parrot
recorded on his answering machine, exclaiming: P-off!

Q: Given all of the time and research you have dedicated to Fawlty Towers, and writing Fawlty Towers – The Worshipper’s Companion,what one element do you think was key to its enduring appeal and popularity throughout the past 30 years?

A: Sadly,
I think it is the line “Don’t mention the war!” in connection with
Cleese’s Hitler-impression. Actually, this clown routine is a straight
loan from the Monty Python sketch “The Department of Silly-Walk”. I
would have omitted it as irrelevant in the context, but it is
absolutely true that Cleese here scored sky-high in general popularity
and probably will go down in history with it. Well, we all have our
cross to bear.

Q: How would Nietzsche describe/summarize Fawlty Towers?

A:
Man is something that rather not be. His sole justification lies in
surpassing himself, in sacrificing himself for a greater being, for
Super Man as my formula has it. Basil Fawlty, by virtue of being an
English Pig-Dog, a miserable utilitarian, in short, a mediocre
philosopher, is also, alas, the protagonist of a lamentable travesty of
tragedy.

To this unprecedented low level of decadence has our civilisation
reached, that contemporary drama does not even present us with real
persons any longer, but with buffoons and riff-raff pulled out from the
nearest Spanish taverna.

– But Mr. Nietzsche, maybe you are mistaking the half-wit Spanish waiter Manuel for Basil Fawlty?
– What? I need my glasses to hear what you are saying. That, that is Basel, nicht wahr?
– No, no, that is Manuel, he is supposed to be funny.
– Aha, and who is zis crazy woman then, his sister?
– No, that’s Sybil, Basil’s wife.
– Well, she does look a bit like a sister, mine at least … ha, ha, ha! Look, the little guy just fell down the stairs and then he placed a
cake in the face of another little ridiculous man. That was really
funny. I think I begin to like zis, what did you call it, Fawltry
Cowers. But what is zis? “Don’t mention the war?” Why? I greet every
sign that a new heroic age of war is approaching. That’s wrong. It
should be, “Stop talking about war – just do it!”. By the way, I
believe I just gave mankind another immortal slogan to live by. I shall
no longer listen to zis crap of Faulty Powers.

PBS Stations Offer Perfect Holiday Thank-You Gifts to Celebrate Fawlty Towers' 30th Anniversary

December 2, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Holiday shoppers, Fawlty Towers fans and collectors take note! A book with the script to the never-broadcast 13th episode of Fawlty Towers and a Corgi 30th anniversary limited edition of the Austin 1100 estate car that bedeviled Basil Fawlty in the popular “Gourmet Night” episode, are just two of the exclusive, highly collectible pledge thank-you gifts PBS stations will offer this month as part of the celebration of Fawlty Towers 30th anniversary and the premiere of the definitive retrospective special, Fawlty Towers Revisited.

Looking for the perfect gift for the Fawlty Towers fans on your list, then turn to a local PBS station for a selection of must-have, highly collectible gifts that keep giving and are a collector’s dream! Just imagine, you can salute and support PBS’ efforts to keep bringing you more hours of laughter and enjoyment from the best of British Comedies and select an exclusive thank-you gift to help spread the holiday spirit!

Remember, PBS station KERA-TV in Dallas, first brought British Comedies to the United States in 1974, and local stations across the country now air more hours of these intelligent, incredibly well-written and hilarious comedies to your home each week than airs on the BBC.

Use the link at the top of this blog to find when the PBS station nearest you will broadcast Fawlty Towers Revisited and offer these must-have anniversary thank-you gifts.

Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion
Script to the 13th episode of Fawlty Towers and much more. Limited quantities available only in U.S. through PBS stations.

In 2004, Swedish author and classical musician Lars Holger Holm published Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion. This 222-page treasure-trove goes way beyond
trivia to feature the condensed biographies of the show’s key
characters, analysis of all of Basil Fawlty’s neuroses and a look at
the connections between the occult and Fawlty Towers.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the book is the chapter about the
never-broadcast 13th episode that the author states he saw six years
ago in 1999. A copy of the script to the mystery episode, “The
Robbers”, is included in the Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion. This hard-to-put-down book is a must-read for any true Fawlty Towers fan!

Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion currently is only available in the United States in limited quantities through PBS stations as a pledge thank-you gift.

Corgi Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Fawlty Towers Austin 1100 Estate Car
Only 4,000 produced! Exclusive to PBS stations.

PBS
commissioned Corgi to reproduce a limited edition of 4,000 sets of the
Austin 1100 Estate Car that bedeviled Basil Fawlty in the very popular
“Gourmet Night” episode of Fawlty Towers.
Collectors should note that this exclusive set has been updated to
reflect the “1100” model, which is the same model of car used in the
show.

In
addition to the highly detailed car, the set includes a figurine of
Basil hefting a branch and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Corgi, the leading name in die-cast scale models and one of Britain’s
best known brands, has been producing models for almost 50 years. For
more information about Corgi and this special, updated, limited edition
Fawlty Towers anniversary set  look here.

Director’s Cut Edition – Fawlty Towers Revisited DVD
Exclusive to PBS stations.

The Director’s Cut Edition DVD of Fawlty Towers Revisited
features the 80-minute, 30th anniversary retrospective TV special on
one of the world’s funniest and best-loved comedies, as well as an
additional 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes stories and recollections
from recent interviews with Fawlty Towers’ cast and crew.

Remember, to find out when this month PBS stations will broadcast Fawlty Towers Revisited and offer the exclusive, Fawlty Towers 30th anniversary collectible pledge thank-you gifts, check out the PBS station finder link at the top of this blog.

On the Menu for "Gourmet Night" — Fifth Episode, First Season

December 1, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

Food definitely was the focus of this popular episode, which was first broadcast on Oct. 17, 1975. From the “potted” chef to the cantankerous car, everything seems to work against Basil’s plan to improve his hotel’s standing among the upper class.

With eight items on the menu, be sure to pace yourself!

Paella – recipe here

Shrimp - recipe here

Herrings - recipe here

Pickled Onions - recipe here

Eggs - recipe here

Duck with Orange - recipe here

Duck with Cherries - recipe here

Duck Surprise - recipe here

Mullet with Mustard Sauce - recipe here

Salad Mousse - recipe here

Trifle - recipe here

On the Menu for "Hotel Inspectors" — Fourth Episode, First Season

December 1, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

Remember Mr. Hutchison’s “televisual feast” in this episode?  The character was played by Bernard Cribbins, who shares some behind-the-scenes recollections about working with John Cleese in Fawlty Towers Revisited.

“Hotel Inspectors” was broadcast on Oct. 10, 1975, and its menu featured:

Spanish Omelet - recipe here
Cheese Salad - recipe here
Lamb Casserole - recipe here
Pate - recipe here
Custard Pie - recipe here

A nod from The Daily Llama

November 27, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

We were very excited and honored to learn that Fawlty Towers Revisited
received a wonderful write-up from the highly respected and revered
Python’s Online Daily Llama! We bow in your general direction!
Check it out by clicking on the image below.

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